As one of her aspects, the goddess Artemis was mistress of animals, potnia theron. In Archaic representations from all parts of Greece, she appears with her hands firmly gripping a pair of lions, deer, or other animals or birds.
Purchased in Brindisi
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 37, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.